Alumni (National Fellow)

Robert Saldin

National Fellow
Ph.D. University of Virginia (2007)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Professional Sector:
Dream Mentor:
David Mayhew
Yale University
Fields of Interest:
American Political Development
Foreign Policy
Healthcare Policy
National Security Policy
Political Parties
Political Science


Robert Saldin is Professor of Political Science at the University of Montana. He is the author of the forthcoming “Never Trump?” with Steven Teles (Oxford University Press, 2020) as well as “When Bad Policy Makes Good Politics: Running the Numbers on Health Reform” (Oxford University Press, 2017) and “War, the American State, and Politics since 1898” (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Previously, Saldin was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at Harvard University, the Patrick Henry Scholar at Johns Hopkins University, a Fellow at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies.

Thesis Description:

War and American Political Development: Parties, State Building, and Democratic Rights Policy
Saldin’s dissertation examined how wars affect American politics from the outside in and argued that they provide an explanatory framework that ties American state development, policy making, elections, and political parties together. In contrast to much of the existing American Political Development and Realignment literature, which focus solely on domestic factors, Saldin’s project argued that wars affect American politics in several ways. He discussed how a greater appreciation of war’s domestic impact offers guidance in understanding current domestic and international events.

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